Horses residing on a premise in Kinney County, Texas, tested positive for vesicular stomatitis on June 21, the Texas Animal Health Commission reported June 24. Owners called a veterinarian after they noticed lesions on the muzzles of their horses, reports The Horse.
The farm is under quarantine and no known exposure to other horses has occurred. There have been no other cases of VS in the state. VS is spread by biting midges, sand flies and black flies. People can contract VS if an infected horse's saliva gets into the eyes or mouth, or in an open wound.
Precautions should be taken to keep flies off of horses; if an infected horse is on the property, gloves and protective gear should be worn when handling the equine.
Read more at The Horse.
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